Since the death of Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, his family and the political party he was the leader of for years have been bickering about his cemetery. His family now says the former president will be buried in Kutame, his home village, and not where all the national heroes are.
For the time being, Mugabe’s body is still laid out on his estate in the Zimbabwean capital Harare. His national funeral would take place there on Sunday. But according to his family, those plans are canceled.
“His body will be stowed in Kutama on Sunday evening, followed by a private funeral,” said Leo Mugabe, the cousin of the deceased former president. “That is what his family has decided.”
Usually, Robert Mugabe would be buried in the so-called “Hero’s Field” (Hero’s Acre), but he refused that before he died. Furious at what had been done to him – in 2017, the current Zimbabwean president ended the 37-year reign of the world’s oldest head of state, after which he was left bitterly in Singapore – Mugabe told his family that he did not want to be buried there.
From Singapore to Harare
Mugabe died last week at the age of 95 in a hospital in the Asian metropolis of Singapore. His health condition was unfortunate since he was set aside by the army in 2017. His body has since been transferred to Zimbabwe.